A striking combination of contemporary design and SUV-style versatility, the new Citroën C5 X is the brand’s latest launch to enter the crossover market.
Offering petrol and Plug-In Hybrid powertrains, the elegant car merges saloon status with the practicality of a station wagon.
Marrying design features of iconic Citroën models, including the DS, CX, and XM, the new C5 X carries a strong silhouette that sits at the pinnacle of the manufacturer’s model range.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Citroën C5 X.
New Citroën C5 X: Three trims
The C5 X is available with a choice of three trim levels ‘Sense Plus’, ‘Shine’ and ‘Shine Plus’, each with the option of petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
Sense Plus: Features a wealth of standard equipment, including 19-inch ‘Aero-X’ alloy wheels and LED headlights. Inside, Sense Plus models have an ‘Urban Grey’ ambiance, with part leather-effect covered Advanced Comfort seats.
Infotainment comes in the form of a 10-inch central touchscreen that incorporates Connected 3D Navigation, wireless smartphone mirroring functionality and a Hi-Fi speaker system.
To aid parking, Sense Plus models also feature front and rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera.
C5 X Hybrid versions all come as standard with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger, a Mode 3 charging cable with a Type 2 connector, as well as remote temperature pre-conditioning. Hybrids also have a custom user interface that helps drivers get the most out of the Hybrid system – showcasing remaining range and the driving mode in use.
An elegant ‘frameless’ rear view mirror with electrochrome dimming – which reduces dazzle from vehicles at night – is also standard on all hybrid variants.
Shine: These models add (over and above Sense Plus), stylish satin chrome trim on the rear bumper, while the interior features a ‘Metropolitan Grey’ ambience with black ‘Paloma’ leather and ‘Isabella’ black and ‘Nixon’ grey leather-effect Advanced Comfort seats.
The multi-function steering wheel is heated, while the door handles, front foot wells and driver instrument panel all feature subtle LED lighting.
The central touchscreen is upgraded to a 12-inch unit on ‘Shine’ models, while drivers also benefit from extended head-up display technology and wireless smartphone charging. Radar Controlled Active Safety Brake is also standard, helping improve safety even further.
Shine Plus: Range-topping version of the C5 X adds extra tinted quarter-panel windows at the rear, with delicate detailing. Inside, Shine Plus models sport a ‘Hype Black’ ambience, featuring black ‘Paloma’ leather with a perforated chevron design on the Advanced Comfort seats.
Both the driver and front passenger seats are electrically operated and heated, while comfort is further improved via acoustically insulated front and rear windows, along with a tinted gloss appearance. A motorised tailgate enhances convenience, while safety is assured via extended blind spot detection and Visiopark 360 – featuring a 360-degree reversing camera.
New Citroën C5 X: Distinguished design
With head-turning looks, the C5 X is inspired by the CXperience concept car, as well as XM and CX models.
The new chevron badging, with flowing LED daylight running lights, helps to emphasise the clamshell design of the bonnet from the front.
New C5 X models feature 19-inch alloy wheels that help improve aerodynamic efficiency, while low rolling resistance tyres further improve fuel economy.
Measuring 4.8m long, 1.5m tall and 2m wide, the C5 X is available with a choice of six metallic and pearlescent body colours – Perla Nera Black, Amazonite Grey, Platinum Grey, Cumulus Grey, Magnetic Blue and Pearl White.
New Citroën C5 X: Efficient powertrains
Drivers have a choice of PureTech petrol or ultra-efficient Hybrid models featuring Citroën’s advanced Plug-in Hybrid technology.
Petrol-powered variants are available with either a 1.2-litre PureTech 130, or the more powerful 1.6-litre PureTech 180 engine. All models feature a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Ideal for fleet and business users, the C5 X Hybrid models combine the PureTech 180 petrol engine with an 81.2kW electric motor and a 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, for a combined power output of 225hp and 360Nm of torque.
Capable of up to 34 miles in full-electric mode, the C5 X Hybrid models emit just 30g/km of CO2 – making them eligible for an 11% Benefit-in-Kind taxation rate.
Hybrid variants come with three driving modes – Electric, Hybrid and Sport. Electric mode gives up to 34 miles of zero emissions range, while Hybrid offers the best of both worlds.
Sport maximises performance from both the electric motor and the petrol engine. Drivers can also adjust the regenerative braking mode in the C5 X. While an ë-Save function allows drivers to reserve electric range for later in the journey – such as when arriving in city centres or urban areas, for example.
New Citroën C5 X: Interior and infotainment
Inside, Citroën has worked hard to ensure the C5 X is all about serenity. The ‘lounge-like’ interior is enhanced thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort Programme, with all models boasting Citroën Advanced Comfort Suspension and Advanced Comfort seats as standard.
This is further enhanced with the multitude of driver safety aids and new ultra-wide, 12-inch HD touchscreen with natural voice recognition.
The C5 X also debuts Citroën’s enhanced infotainment system with ambient backlighting which is home to ‘My Citroën Drive Plus’. Drivers will enjoy optimum ergonomic efficiency and the ultimate in smartphone compatibility – with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard across the range.
Users can customise their preferred shortcuts as key functions, whilst setting their own user profile and preferred screen ambiance. A new head-up display system adds to the user-friendly nature of the car and helps to improve safety and driver comfort.
Rear passenger space has been significantly improved over the previous generation C5, with New C5 X featuring six centimetres more legroom, with the Advanced Comfort seats.
Boot space in the C5 X is ideal for families, with 545 litres of storage space for petrol variants and 485 litres for PHEV variants – extending to 1,640-litre and 1,580-litres respectively when the rear seats are folded down. Practicality is assured via a low loading sill for the boot and eight storage compartments positioned around the cabin.
Prices for the new C5 X start from £26,490 OTR. First customer deliveries are expected in late spring 2022.